In the post CES lull, Lenovo has taken the opportunity to announce three new Chromebooks designed for the education market, ranging from the entry level 100e, through the 300e to the more premium 500e.
The new Chromebooks are tough, with MIL-SPEC build and able to take spills of up to 330ml, they also support Google Classroom and of course all the education focused apps, including Android apps. All three include an 11.6″ display, though only the 500e and 300e include a touchscreen and convertible form factor, while the 100e has not touch screen and more of a traditional laptop clamshell form factor.
Lenovo Chromebook 500e
The 500e comes with a quad-core Celeron processor, as well options for between 4-8GB of RAM, and 64GB of on-board storage. The Chromebook is convertible and includes two USB type C ports, as well as two more traditional USB 3.0 ports. A pressure sensitive stylus which docks inside the Chromebook is included as well. A 5MP rear facing camera is also on-board, which should help students to capture any relevant notes on the blackboard.
Lenovo Chromebook 300e
The mid-range Lenovo Chromebook 300e utilises a Mediatek MTK8173C processor, with 4GB of RAM and comes with a single USB-C and a single USB 3.0 port. The 300e includes touch screen support, and students can use a stylus, but there isn’t one included. A HDMI out is built-in to the Chromebook, as well as a battery capable of giving up to 10 hours of battery life.
Lenovo Chromebook 100e
Lastly, the Lenovo Chromebook 100e uses an Intel Celeron processor with 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage is included. The Chromebook also comes with dual USB 3.0 and USB-C ports and will run for a full school day with 10 hours of battery life.
Availability for the US has been announced, with the 500e due to launch this month for $349USD, while the 300e will launch next month for $279USD, but you’ll have to wait for March for the 100e which will sell for $219USD. There’s no sign of them on the Australian Lenovo site as yet, but we’ll keep an eye out.